Tuesday, June 19, 2012

THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY #2: THE HAUNTED HALL Chapter 2: "Off to Larkland"

Plot synopsis: Shirley drives the kids/band in a bus to Larkland (it is explained they always drive to locations in the psychedelically painted bus, rather than say, flying, is for the publicity.) It’s a long drive through rainy weather, but eventually they arrive at the Turnbull Mansion, which they all agree looks creepy.**************************************************************************** Character Development: Chris is angry at his mother for forcing him to leave his turtles behind. Shirley gets tired from driving a long way. Keith and Danny derive pleasure from teasing Laurie. The creepy mansion thrills Laurie “to the marrow of her bones”. **************************************************************Relevant Cultural Issues: “Violence in Movies” Laurie bemoans the fondness of men for Westerns and war movies and wishes more movies were made about serious issues like Love. “The Draft” Keith and Danny speculate why movie star Jerry Jingo hasn’t burned his draft card or gone to Canada.***********************************************Hip Slang: “Square” ******************************Contemporary Cultural References: the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (Danny thinks the film’s characters had the right idea “robbing all those banks the way they did”), “the Burt Bacharach song” from the afore mentioned film (“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”), “Dark Shadows” (the Turnbull Mansion is compared to the Collins House), “Green Acres” (the show Shirley would prefer living in rather than “Dark Shadows”), “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights” (the fictional worlds Laurie would prefer to enter.)******************************************************Favorite Sentence from Chapter: “But, for Laurie Partridge, just as for Jane Erye, the worst was yet to come.”

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